Mold is a common trigger of allergy symptoms and it is just as common outdoors as it is indoors. Come spring, outdoor mold around your home is at its peak and there are steps you may need to take to identify and eradicate it. This will help you manage any symptoms that you and your family are experiencing.
The Lowdown On Mold
Mold occurs naturally in the environment and while there is a variety of types – some are more commonly found indoors, while others are more likely to frequent the area around your home (and beyond). The most common outdoor molds that fuel allergy problems include Aspergillus (which is found both outside and in), Alternaria, Aureobasidium, Cladosporium, Fusarium, Epicoccum, Mucor, and Rhizopus.
Those are just a handful of the nasty outdoor molds fuelling your allergies, there are literally thousands more, however these are generally the allergy culprits.
Where Outdoor Mold Is Hiding
You already know where in your home to look for mold – the basement, the attic, crawlspaces, bathrooms, the kitchen, garage, and laundry room. What about outdoor mold? While any area that is dark and moist is a prime spot, there are certain common locations where mold is located outdoors.
- Soil, particularly when ice and snow are melting. It’s a prime spot for mold to roost.
- As fallen leaves start to decay mold has an open invitation to come in and grow. This can be extremely pesky if you have small children and dogs who can’t help themselves when out and about – to you it’s a pile of rotting leaves, to them it’s fun. To your home… it’s mold being tracked in where it doesn’t belong.
- Decaying plant life is another hotspot for mold as are rotting logs. While fall is a beautiful time of year, greenery shedding leaves in bulk is just feeding the mold problem. This is a particular problem when it’s wet.
So, for allergy sufferers fall can be a nightmare – as you rake leaves, garden, hike, and even go camping mold can trigger symptoms that you would rather avoid altogether. Generally, outdoor mold starts to circulate in the late winter months and are at their peak in summer as well as fall. However, in some areas, those spores could be present throughout spring, too.
Managing Outdoor Mold & The Allergies
The best way to ensure you avoid outdoor mold around your home is to properly prepare your garden for the winter months. That means cutting your grass back, pruning your plants, and raking up leaves so they don’t feed mold, especially when covered in ice and snow. The best way to tackle allergies is by managing the mold problem before it has a chance to take hold. While you can’t avoid every mold exposure you come across, you can certainly mitigate it by taking the proper steps around your home.
Look out for congested nasal passages, sneezing, itchy eyes, nose, and throat, as well as a runny nose. You can also undergo allergy testing which will let you know whether you are specifically allergic to mold. If you’ve found a mold problem in your home or on your property, you can call in the professionals to handle the remediation process.